Adding signed mail in netscape
Anthony E . Greene
Fri Feb 2 13:14:01 2001
On Wed, 31 Jan 2001 06:51:52 Robert Krueger wrote:
>I received an e-mail yesterday in Netscape (Linux) that had a special
>tag attached that indicated it was not encrypted, but was digitally
>signed, similar to the gnupg fingerprint. On opening the security
>pane, I see that Netscape uses it's own flavor of crypt algorithim, but
>does allow you to use others, like PGP or Gnupg. Has anyone used this
>feature before in Netscape where they have added, and use regularly,
>Gnupg to sign their Netscape e-mail?
>If you have, could you explain the install procedure?
It's called S/MIME and it's in the IETF process just like OpenPGP. S/MIME
started with the support of large mail client vendors, including Microsoft,
Lotus, and Netscape. At the time, PGP just did not have the necessary
feature set, and was owned by a single company.
Times have changed, but Netscape and Outlook still support S/MIME. To sign
message with S/MIME you'll have to get a certificate from an S/MIME
Certificate Authority (CA), most of whom charge for the service.
Anthony E. Greene <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.pobox.com/~agreene/>
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